HAMILTON – A sea of red filled the Hall of Presidents on the Colgate University campus Thursday, Feb. 1, as Community Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Colgate University, held “All Stressed Up,” the Fourth Annual Go Red For Women Lunch and Learn.

More than 100 local residents and medical staff attended the educational symposium, which focused on stress and its impact on cardiovascular health. The program was moderated by Dr. Merrill Miller, Colgate’s director of Student Health Services. Kerri Taylor, DO, from Community Memorial Family Health Centers shared the physical and psychological effects of stress and Travis Hall, Ph.D., spoke on primary care and behavioral health integration. Attendees also learned about the latest research on stress from Community Memorial cardiologist Dr. Ray Carlson.

“Colgate University is honored to collaborate with Community Memorial Hospital to promote health and wellness for all local residents,” said Miller. “It is essential to have a facility that provides quality healthcare services to a community that includes our students, faculty, staff, and families. We couldn’t be happier with our long-standing alliance.”

“Behavioral health helps to expand the scope of expertise into the primary care settings. Instead of referring you out, I am being referred in,” added Hall during his presentation on primary care and behavioral health integration.

The symposium kicked off National Wear Red Day events for the hospital. The day, held annually on the first Friday in February, is an opportunity for local communities to recognize the importance of heart health. Employees and medical staff at Community Memorial Hospital took part in the day by wearing red to show support for heart disease awareness and for understanding its risks.

The employees of Community Memorial Hospital also raised funds for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association by purchasing red hearts and red dress pins, in honor or in memory of a friend, loved one, or patient impact by cardiovascular diseases.

“This annual event reinforces the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and highlights the part each individual plays in securing their own cardiovascular health, said Sean Fadale, the CMH’s president and CEO. “The hospital is proud to support this effort in partnership with Colgate University.”


The above article was submitted by Jennifer Balog, director of Marketing and Development at Community Memorial Hospital.